Before Mash Up Maria, I’ve long been designing invitations for my sister Tetet who has been my supporter since Day 1. She loves organizing parties for family members and I’m always the one she taps to make invitations for her kids’ parties. It’s a fun exercise for me to play with Photoshop, putting together fonts and images to come up with an invitation that she can post online or print to give to her guests. I had not imagined early on that those personal projects with her would be my stepping stones in learning more about typography and invitation design that later on proved to be the foundations of my design practice.
As I was going through this process, I studied font pairings from my design sources such as Design School from Canva and Creative Market and learned about different typefaces and fonts via Fonts In Use. As I did my own personal projects, I learned what works based on the theme, as well as incorporating my own style and aesthetics. Because I am obsessed with watercolor, I also signed up for a bunch of workshops to improve my skills. Last year, I joined Cheryl Sun-Ong’s Dreamy Watercolor Workshop and also signed up this year to Valerie Chua’s Realistic Flower Painting! Taking this craft seriously, I am in constant lookout for learning opportunities.
It was also through my sisters that I realized I could offer services as an invitation designer. Because of my love for paper and watercolor, I discovered that I can incorporate these two things with my business, offering my bespoke and hand drawn watercolored design elements and combining my love for typography. This year, I started offering invitation design services to friends and friends of friends, learning the end to end process of designing invitations for parties and weddings.
One of my recent projects is for an 18th-century French-themed birthday party. The key words my client provided is powder blue, Marie Antoinette, and hydrangeas. In coming up with ideas, I imagined Madame Pompadour hairstyles and the famous shoes that Marie Antoinette collected during the 1700’s paired with soft blue and purple hydrangeas as accent flowers.
I came up with the initial design and wordings then tweaked as I received feedback from my client. After a couple of design discussions and exchanges via email and viber, my client signed off the final design. I also printed the invites on size 4.5 x 3.5 sized paper with envelope and they came out really well. It’s one of my first commercial invitation design projects. Currently, I’m also in the process of designing invitations for 2 wedding projects which I’m super excited to show you after they get printed!
My venture into this product offering excites me and I can’t wait to offer my design services for more people who wish to have that custom and handmade feel to their invitations. The road to being a commercial invitation designer may not be a straight line as my learning process was definitely a long one, but slowly, I am learning and getting more confidence in offering better designs for my clients.
For inquiries on my design services, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or message me via Viber at +639088732320